Patches of Godlight: Father Tim's Favorite Quotes

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Written in Father Tim Kavanagh's own hand, this wonderful collection of quotes brings to life the personal reflections of Mitford's beloved Episcopal priest. Here Father Tim has carefully recorded his favorite quotes from a variety of thinkers, philosophers, and poets whom he has admired over the years. Next to the quotes are Father Tim's personal comments, scribblings, and doodlings. From C. S. Lewis and Mark Twain to Aristophanes and St. Paul, these heartwarming words on love, life, and faith are a perfect ...

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Overview

Written in Father Tim Kavanagh's own hand, this wonderful collection of quotes brings to life the personal reflections of Mitford's beloved Episcopal priest. Here Father Tim has carefully recorded his favorite quotes from a variety of thinkers, philosophers, and poets whom he has admired over the years. Next to the quotes are Father Tim's personal comments, scribblings, and doodlings. From C. S. Lewis and Mark Twain to Aristophanes and St. Paul, these heartwarming words on love, life, and faith are a perfect addition to the Mitford series-and a must-have for Jan Karon's millions of readers.

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...although [Ms. Karon's] books are full of wry humor, she is serious about providing...[an] alternative to the "murder and mayhem" that dominate mass culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142001974
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2002
  • Series: Mitford Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 147,057
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Karon

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

Biography

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Janice Meredith Wilson
    2. Hometown:
      Blowing Rock, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lenoir, North Carolina

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Selected Quotes from Patches of Godlight

None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.
           —Milton

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee . . . 
            —Isaiah 26:3

God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life so we overcome. The strain is the strength. Are you asking God to give you life and liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you will accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will get the strength.
           —Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost for His Highest”

As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
           —William Hazlitt

Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.
           —Martin Luther King, Jr.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
           —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
           —Edmund Burke

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
           —Philippians 4:13

One man with courage makes a majority.
           —Andrew Jackson

The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
           —Solomon

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
           —St. Paul

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. Industry and determination can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many things that they cannot.
           —Theodore Roosevelt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    I love this book!

    I keep "Patches of Godlight" with my Bible & my devotionals & I read in it for daily inspiration. I love all the Mitford novels as well, but "Patches", although presented as the jottings of a fictional character, is not a novel. It is an amazing collection of wonderful quotes from great people that lift the spirit & inspire the soul.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    I love this!

    I have "Patches" in a hard copy that I keep at home, and this gives me the opportunity to carry it with me as I travel. I enjoy randomly opening the book to see what nugget of wisdom I can mull over each day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    Inspiring--Great Collection of Thoughts

    Father Tim's Favorite Quotes inspire me. The book reminds me that ministers also some times struggle for understanding and strength. A book to be treasured for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    Very inspiring!!!

    I love having the many wonderful quotes associated with Father Tim's character. An inspirational collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2001

    Disappointing, at best

    I have been a Mitford fan for a long time. I read the first four books in the series, and anxiously awaited the next visit with all of my favorite characters in Mitford. I have been disappointed in the last three books, and I hate this! Patches of Godlight did have some of my favorite quotes from the first books, but after several pages, it seemed to be the same thing, over and over. The 'coffee stains' in the book were not in color, which would have made the book more like Father Tim's journal. And crumbs of the famous Orange Marmalade cake might have perked it up also. I thought the book, without the dust jacket, was very nice. I am glad I was lucky enough to find this book for a very nominal price- I personally would not have spent the retail price for this one. I am hoping Karon's next book will be more like the original Mitford books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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